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Storytelling for Researchers

Practical information

  • Audience: Postdocs and research staff at Queen's
  • Date and time: 8 September 2023, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
  • Length: 2 h
  • Place: Online
  • Organised by: PDC
  • Maximum numbers: Numbers are restricted to 30 on this workshop however, in the event of over subscription, we will keep a waiting list and should a place become available, it will be offered to the next person on the list.


We are delighted to bring you this new workshop for 2023 which will be facilitated by Duncan Yellowlees, Director and Founding member of DY Training.  Discover the art of storytelling to enhance your research communication and learn to engage your audience with impactful stories that make your work memorable.

Relevant to all types of research communication, though focused on presentations, this workshop offers a light-hearted yet content-rich experience.  Gain practical ideas and activities to immediately apply this powerful approach to your work. Perfect for newcomers to storytelling and those seeking a fresh and impactful way to present their research.

Programme Objectives

This workshop is designed to equip you with the skills to:

  • Understand why stories are effective engagement tools
  • Utilize storytelling techniques in presentations
  • Find great stories to share
  • Experience an award-winning impression of an albatross


Register for the Storytelling for Researchers Workshop


Duncan Yellowlees

Duncan is the founding member of DY Training who specialize in helping researchers to become more confident, happier and effective presenters.  In the words of Duncan:

"Duncan here, founding member of DY training. Getting you better at presenting your work is what we do.

I've been training presenters for over a decade and get really excited about working with research. There is so much fascinating and powerful work being done and I get to help researchers find their voice, enabling them to share it out to the world. I geek out about research storytelling and finding creative ways to engage audiences. Oh, and on the side, I hand make kitchen knives (no really)!

I'm also the founder of COMMunity - a peer to peer community for researchers who care about communicating their work in impactful and creative ways."


Rating (out of 5): 4.56

Recommended by: 100%

Number of feedback provided: 9

Quote: "Duncan was an amazing facilitator! He is so enthusiastic about his training and kept us all really engaged! The workshop was great, there was so much to take away and bring into my work. I would be keen to attend other workshops by Duncan, particularly on how to build a presentation and how to deliver them." (Participant from the September 2023 workshop)